Item #15928 Among the earliest texts on Gender Equality: Owen Feltham's Resolves - 1628. Feltham, Gender Equality.
Among the earliest texts on Gender Equality: Owen Feltham's Resolves - 1628
Among the earliest texts on Gender Equality: Owen Feltham's Resolves - 1628

Among the earliest texts on Gender Equality: Owen Feltham's Resolves - 1628

First Edition

FELTHAM, Owen. Resolves. A Duple Century. Ye 3d Edition By Owen Felltham. Wth A Large Alphabeticall Table Therunto. | Resolves: Divine, Morall, Politicall. (One Volume) Third Edition. London: Imprinted [by Felix Kyngston] for Henry Seile and are to be sould at the Tygers head in St. Paules Church yard, 1628. This is the First Edition to include his important essay "Of Woman." The Resolves were very popular at the time, though Feltham’s stance on gender was progressive for Renaissance England, and his accusation of hypocrisy rankled a portion of his audience: “When a woman grows bold and daring, we dislike her, and say, she is too like a man : yet in our selves, we magnify what we condemn. Is not this injustice?" Feltham was still a teenager when he published his first edition of Resolves in 1623. This collection of essays played a crucial role in the development of the English essay as a genre. The original edition included 100 “resolves” that were considered to be short, aphoristic commentaries on aspects of the three realms delineated by the title: divine, ethical, and political. They concerned in equal measure the private and public realms of middle-class English life. Later revisions reflect how Feltham attempted to amalgamate these three distinct dimensions of “middle-class English life”—divine, ethical and political—into a more cohesive context. This tolerance is perhaps best demonstrated in regards to the ubiquitous Woman Question, a debate which continued to play a large role in the social atmosphere of Renaissance Britain. While most men viewed the women in rigid terms—as either “unconstant” or “excellent”— Feltham is notable for preferring to “[accept] some assumptions about gender but [question] many others: he asks commonsense questions and is willing to look beyond stereotypes.”  Full Leather. Engraved title page, with slight loss to the extremities of the page, mounted on laid paper. Separate title page for the second part, "Resolves: Divine, Morall, Politicall: The Second Centurie." Minor chipping to the corner of a few leaves, not affecting the text. Soiling to p. 448. Lacking the 22 pp. index, and lacking the initial leaf, which ESTC describes as bearing "The face of the booke vnmasked." on the verso, facing the title page. Fully rebacked in sympathetic Japanese tissue. Contemporary vellum. Text clean and bright. In good condition.

Item #15928

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